Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
by Clermont County Safe Communities
The Super Bowl is one of America’s most highly anticipated sports events, when friends and family gather in homes, bars and restaurants to celebrate. As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, Clermont County Safe Communities reminds you to designate a sober driver on game day because Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with the National Football League (NFL) and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition, have joined forces with Clermont County’s local highway safety and law enforcement officials to spread the message about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday.
In 2011, 9,878 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, according to NHTSA. These crashes were 31 percent more likely to occur on weekends (defined as Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 5:59 a.m.) than on weekdays.
Whether attending the game, watching at a bar or hosting a party, NHTSA, TEAM Coalition, the NFL and Clermont County Safe Communities remind everyone that Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk. Before choosing to drink, choose your team’s MVP – a sober designated driver. NHTSA offers these additional safety tips…
If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a bar or restaurant, designate your sober driver or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home or call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you.
Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:
- Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
- Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
- Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game.
- Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who has had too much to drink.
And remember, your seat belt is always your best defense against a drunk driver in a crash.